The Dublin Cycling Campaign is an independent, voluntary lobby group that has been working to improve the city for all cyclists for over a decade and a half.
2009-04-20 Metro North
Download Dublin Cycling Campaign's submission to the Metro North Oral Hearing dated 20 April 2009 at this link. The Executive Summary and the response from the RPA follows:
Dublin Cycling Campaign Submission - Executive Summary
Dublin Cycling Campaign sees the bicycle as a cost-effective, low impact, healthy means for people to go about their business. Depending on the particular requirements of a journey, many cyclists are also regular public transport users. Rail provides a complimentary service for cyclists where a journey may be impractical by bicycle alone, e.g. longer distances, carrying shopping or inclement weather.
Correspondingly the bicycle provides a means by which rail passengers can complete their journeys where the first/last (or indeed middle) leg of the journey is beyond walking distance, but without resort to motorised transport. It is reasonably common for cyclists to cycle at both ends of a rail journey, whether by using two bikes or carrying the bike on the train, whether folded or not. Cycling has the potential to substantially increase the catchment area for Metro North in ways that private motorised transport can not. As typical cyclists tend to cycle 3-5 times faster than typical pedestrians can walk, there is a corresponding increase in Metro North's catchment area.
METRO NORTH - ORAL HEARING - PROOF OF EVIDENCE
Rory O ’ Connor Response to Submissions Wednesday 22nd April 2009
6.25 Dublin Cycling Campaign
6.25.1 The Dublin Cycling Campaign are supportive of the Metro North project. RPA support the Campaigns aims of encouraging modal shift to more sustainable forms of transport, including the bicycle, and is committed to providing high quality facilities for cyclists on Metro North.
6.25.2 RPA will be providing at least 50 spaces at each Park and Ride site on Metro North (Belinstown, Fosterstown and Dardistown). An additional 30 spaces will be provided at other surface stops. Additional space is available at all stops to increase bicycle provision as required.
6.25.3 All cycling facilities will be designed in accordance with the Provision of Cycling Facilities National Manual for Urban Areas. Cycle paths have been included in the design of access roads to the Park and Ride sites and in stops at greenfield locations. All pedestrian footbridges and approach ramps along the R132 Swords Road (at Estuary, Chapel Lane, Malahide Roundabout and Fosterstown) will be widened to accommodate cyclists.
6.25.4 During the operational phase of Metro North, all stops will be staffed at all times during opening hours and stops will be well lit and CCTV cameras will monitor public areas around the stops.
6.25.5 All bicycle parking at Metro North surface stops will be sheltered from the weather (ie enclosed cycle parking will be provided). In the city centre, cycle parking facilities will be to existing standards and their design will be agreed with Dublin City Council.
6.25.6 All bicycle parking for Metro North will be provided free of charge
6.25.7 While the Campaign would like to see on-train transportation of bicycles at off peak hours, Metro North has not been designed to accommodate bicycles. The principal design constraint leading to this decision is the space availability in the Light Metro Vehicles (LMVs), and safety issues relating to escape in the event of an emergency and access to underground stops. Folding bicycles will, however, be permitted.
6.25.8 The Campaign has called for improvements to the road infrastructure for cyclists at St. Stephens Green. Following construction of Metro North, the roads along the north west corner of St. Stephens Green will be retained, but will be restricted to use by delivery and emergency vehicles. Cyclists will be able to access these routes in either direction.
6.25.9 The STMP identifies and mitigates the traffic impact during the works for all road users including cyclists.
6.25.10 The design of all cycle facilities will comply with the National Manual for Provision of Cycling Facilities in Urban Areas, published by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.